Civil Kitchen, seen on the morning of Aug. 16, 2022, received $26,750 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding allocated through the Greene County Commission. (Photo by Rance Burger)

Twenty-nine small businesses from Greene County have been awarded money to offset lost revenue as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

The Greene County Commission voted 3-0 to award a total of $399,050 on Aug. 16. This comes after 57 companies received $760,034.75 in ARPA funding on July 25, bringing the total to $1,159,084.75 spread across 86 different businesses.

“The Commission believes that our small businesses are the foundation of our community’s economy,” Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon said. “They employ our citizens and pay taxes which fund vital services. It made sense to make small business relief a cornerstone of our recovery efforts.”

More than $6.84 million in funding remains marked for COVID-19-related economic recovery for small businesses.

“It’s just exciting to continue to see some of this ARPA money go out into the community because the need is obvious,” Greene County Second District Commissioner John C. Russell said.

Small businesses to receive ARPA funding from Greene County

Angels and Outlaws — $11,000

Auto Gallery — $12,250

Best of Luck Beer Hall — $12,250

Bishop Motors, LLC — $11,500

Boettcher Service and Supply, Inc. — $13,750

Civil Kitchen — $26,750

Consumers Hardware — $11,250

Esterly, Schneider and Associates, Inc. — $18,750

Hines Street Pharmacy, LLC — $16,500

Independent Printing Inc. — $12,500

Investigative Products and Services — $5,000

JJJ Development — $5,300

Kerris Kidsville Babyviile, LLC — $14,750

La Quinta Inn and Suites — $15,750

Lae’s Authentic Egg Rolls — $10,000

Mostly Serious, LLC — $16,000

Nicholas R. Hein, DDS — $13,750

Ozark Refuse Inc. — $17,000

Plan 3, LLC — $12,750

Public Safety Solutions Mo, LLC — $12,250

Ren Hair Studio, LLC — $11,250

RMS Automotive — $11,000

Savoy Ballroom — $10,250

Sign Pro — $11,750

Solera Energy, LLC — $25,500

Sunbelt Environmental — $22,500

Sunnyland Travel Center — $11,250

Turner Processing — $12,000

Village Pottery Cafe, LLC — $14,500

On Jan. 19, 2022, the Greene County Commission established a nine-member ARPA advisory team to screen and review applications for small business funding. 

“This just highlights the investment in the team that we put together to process, to vet these,” Rusty MacLachlan said. “It gives us great confidence.”

The Greene County Commission and ARPA team focused on small businesses with 50 employees or less for this group of awards. Greene County has received a total of $56.9 million in ARPA funds. Approximately $8 million dollars has been allocated for small business ARPA applications. The ARPA team is in the process of reviewing about 400 applications for small business funding, which Dixon said is a tremendous task.

“They work very hard,” Dixon said.

For more information on ARPA small business applications and any future updates, please visit this website: http://arp.greenecountymo.gov.

Applications for nonprofit organizations to seek funding from Greene County are still being developed and will open soon, according to a statement from the commissioners. All Greene County ARPA funds must be allocated by Dec. 31, 2024. All of the projects the Greene County government decides to help fund must be completed by Dec. 31, 2026.

Rance Burger

Rance Burger covers local government for the Daily Citizen. His goal is to help people know more about what projects their government is involved in, and how their tax dollars are being spent. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with 15 years experience in journalism. Reach him at rburger@sgfcitizen.org or by calling 417-837-3669. Twitter: @RanceBurger More by Rance Burger